2022 Southington France Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 Southington France Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: April 6, 2022 - April 15, 2022
Dates are tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,590 USD - or - $3,490 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $700
Deadline(s): Deadline is forthcoming

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $3,590

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:

$3,490.00

due today

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$206.00

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Team upon enrollment.

All prices in United States Dollars.

France Cultural Journey

From the City of Lights, to beautiful Mediterranean towns, to small villages tucked between picturesque vineyards, to campgrounds in the rugged Pyrenees, France is a country with an enriching adventure for every kind of traveler. With one of the most influential, distinct, and celebrated cultures in the world – combined with a history richer than its famous food – France is a magnificent destination to consider. Our programs will immerse travelers in the French language and introduce them to wonders of France!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Explore the Palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent places in the world

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries

Window shop on the Champs-Élysées

Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!

The Itinerary


We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationActivityLodging
1USA & AirplaneToday we'll fly across the pond from Boston to Paris, France. Because of the time change, we will spend the night on the plane and arrive early the next day (day 2).Airplane
2Paris & VichyWe will arrive Paris in the late morning and depart immediate for Vichy. Upon arrival, we will explore Vichy on foot - visiting the historic town center, the opera, and local market. We'll enjoy a dinner in town before heading home for an early evening.Cavilam
3VichyMorning of classes, lunch on campus followed by an afternoon atelier. Today we will go deep into the wings of the Vichy Opera and learn about its art nouveau structure. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some outdoor sports and free time. After dinner, we will have an evening of outdoor French cinema in the nearby amphitheater.Cavilam
4VichyDay of lessons, afternoon excursion to Clermont-Ferrand. We'll take detours off of the main roads of this capital of Auvergne and discover its cobblestone streets and history through a walking tour. This evening, we will sample some of the amazing regional specialities. We will also learn by tasting how cheese is an essential element of the local heritage in Auvergne.Cavilam
5VichyDay trip to Lyon, a commercial and cultural crossroads. We will explore its rich architecture and arts; the Old Lyon quarter, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site; the impressive Notre Dame de Fourviere; the roman theater; murals. We will eat lunch together at a restaurant, and there will be some free time in the afternoon to explore the city in smaller groups.Cavilam
6VichyLast day of classes and lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion into Vichy one last time to check out the central market and practice our newly refined French skills. After our group dinner, we will either have a night of dancing or go see a move in French! Make sure your bags are packed - in the morning we depart for Paris!Cavilam
7Vichy & ParisToday we'll train back to Paris and drop our things at our hotel before we head out for a day of exploration. We will begin our travels with the Ile de la cite and the Quartier Latin. This is the cradle of old Paris - we will also visit Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle with its extraordinary 13th-century stained glass as well as remark upon the Pont Neuf, too. Afterwards we will take a relaxing and scenic boat ride along the Seine. Of course, this evening, we will enjoy some tasty French cuisine for dinner, followed by a group reflection at our hostel recapping our time thus far.Hostel
8ParisThe adventure continues as we tour the famed Louvre Museum, Paris' biggest museum and home to some of the most important works of art in the history of the world. We will then enjoy a stroll through the nearby Tuileries Garden headed towards the Place de la Concorde. Crossing over the river Seine we will make our way to the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn overlooking this iconic world wonder. Later, we will have some free time on the renowned Champs Elysees. For our final evening in Paris we will have a fun dinner as a group and play games until we call the night for our departure the following day.Hostel
9ParisOn our last full day in Paris, after breakfast, we will head over to the Jardin des Plantes. We'll enjoy the beautiful gardens and greenhouses and then break for a picnic lunch. After the gardens, we will have the opportunity to visit the Grand Mosque of Paris, built in the 1920s, and have tea on the tiled terrace. We'll walk over to the bustling Rue Mouffetard, stopping to see the Arenes de Lutece (Roman ruins) on the way. We'll have a festive farewell dinner where we can taste traditional French cuisine: frog legs, escargot and steak frites. We'll head back to our accommodations early so that we can pack and rest up for the journey home.Hostel
10Paris & USAEnjoy our last traditional french breakfast then make our way to the airport and fly home!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Auberge de Jeunesse les Camélias

The Nice Youth Hostel Les Camélias is a beautiful traditional villa located in the heart of the city, with a patio, terrace and veranda, it is very close to the Promenade des Anglais and the beaches of Nice. Inside, the beautiful fresco made by a local painter makes the place warm and welcoming. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Ferme Auberge

A locally owned and operated welcoming countryside accommodation with modern amenities. We have chosen to work with Ferme Auberge de la Maison Nueve for its warm atmosphere, home cooked meals, and genuine French hospitality. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Les Gîtes de la Barbotine

Les Gîtes de la Barbotine is a welcoming little village comprised of spacious cottages between Angers and Nantes. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature and the vegetation of the French countryside. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the premises keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!

April
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to Costa Rica

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!

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Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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